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These are a classic, I now know why
on March 29, 2015
I've been waiting a few months before writing about these to see how I felt over the long term. There is nothing quite like the Klipsch heritage sound. These have a musicality that's wonderful. I don't notice any horn coloration. These speakers are like espresso to your music, they bring life and energy and excitement to it. They make it hard to ignore or listen to casually, but that's a good thing. They hold your attention, the sound flows out beautifully. That's not to say these speakers have a brash sound, not at all. They sound smooth. Their dynamics are what makes you listen to the music. The horn in Louis Armstrong's La vie en Rose is incredible, and Armstrong's voice has authority. Electronic music sounds amazing as well, Enigma just fills the room. We're so used to listening to music in the background on lo fidelity systems we can easily ignore any music. Not with these. If you want to relax, better make sure you play relaxing music. These speakers are easy to drive. They image and disappear nicely, not beyond their sides. Soundstage is not as deep or wide as conventional cone speakers, if you can physically space these apart though they'll give plenty of width. Some critics also say it's not as detailed as other speakers. I'm not so sure about that, maybe in the audiophile realm of micro-nuances perhaps. I've owned NHT, PSB, B&W, Vandersteen and heard $100k systems. None of the speakers in this price range have the musical satisfaction these give me, although I still love my Vandy model 2 and keep them in a separate system. Some $50-$100k systems I've heard don't sound as musically involving as these do. B&W 802 diamond on a Audio Research amps I heard last obviously month sound better, but these speakers get you 80%+ there for next to nothing compared to the high end system. Only down sides, besides a little compromise on soundstage and imaging, they can sound a little forward if pushed too hard for the room. Don't be afraid to crank them up, that's where the excel, but if they sound a little hard or forward at too high volume, it's probably your room acoustics as much as the speaker. Do these pass audiophile muster with resolution, soundstage, micro this and that? Maybe not for the hardcore audiophiles who care more about dissecting the sound rather than music as a whole. Are these musical? Darn right.. I can see why these get passed down as family heirlooms. If these sound awesome with my digital setup, I bet they blow people away with tube amp and a good turntable. That will have to be my next project sometime. Hearing the original Klipschorn as a kid got me into the hifi hobby, these keep me in it. Addendum: I keep reading some people say you need a subwoofer. I say are you nuts? These are being used in a modest size room like 12x14' and there's plenty of bass. And it's very tight and quick, presumably because it's a sealed cabinet and not reflex design. I have been getting into more and more electronic music specifically trance lately. I am playing John Digweed's Bedrock right now and they are cranked up and it's like being in your own techno club. I suppose if you need the lowest octave, punch in the gut bass then fine, get a sub. I don't think most people will need it. I'd say try it without one first. I mean these things have 12" woofers for pete's sake. If you're using them in a cavernous room and have the floor space for a big sub, then by all means, add a 15" sub. I guess rule of thumb, if you have room for a sub maybe you could add one. My listening room doesn't have room for one and doesn't need one. Also, these speakers will reveal cheap/bad electronics. If they sound harsh make sure you're using a cheap bestbuy receiver. If on a budget, i imagine a NAD C 316BEE would sound great or the D3020. If you want to move up some, I bet a Peachtree Decco 65 would sound great. I'm using a Wadia 151 I got on sale for $450 and it kicks butt and it's 25wpc but 25 high quality watts. If you really want to kick it up and match component price to speaker price, I'd go for a Rogue Audio Cronus or Sphinx. You don't need a ton of power, just good power.